3 Ways to Don’t Worry, Retire Happy

by Pam on December 18, 2014

“Marry well.” “Have my kids get a good job and take care of me.” “Pick up cans on the side of the road for income.” These are all ways I have heard people say they are planning for their retirement. While most of these statements were made in jest,  it’s never too early to start planning for retirement.   When Bryan and I first won’t be retiring anytime soon, my goal is Don’t Worry, Retire Happy.   Here’s 3 tips we’ve used over the years to help us with retirement.

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Romance Gift Basket

Remember those B.C. (before children) days when you had the freedom to be spontaneous? I do! If we wanted to spend a day out of town or take a quick weekend getaway, no problem!  There was no need to plan for weeks in advance and pile the car full of toys, diaper bags, and baby equipment.  Even as the kids got a little older, it was still hard to plan to do things on the spur of the moment.  Not only was that true for quick trips to the store or vacations, it was enough to wrack havoc on our romantic life as well.   There was no random sitting down on the couch to cuddle without being interrupted by a small child asking, “Can I have a drink of water?”  As the kids got older a quick goodbye kiss could bring Oscar winning performances from the kids and their friends. “Ew! Cut it out! My eyes! I am scarred forever!”  Yeah, that’s a bit of a downer.   This Christmas, to spice things up a bit, I decided to give Bryan a romance basket for Christmas.  Of course, I am giving it to him privately and totally away from the kids.  I decided to include a few of my favorite things, candles, chocolate, and some romance coupons.
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From our yearly visit to the local Christmas tree farm to pick out a real tree, to the ham with cherry glaze we serve every Christmas Eve before opening our presents, my family is big on holiday traditions. After all, it just wouldn’t seem like Christmas if we didn’t make a big batch of peanut butter balls, or if I didn’t get warm fuzzy socks in my stocking. For my son, it wouldn’t be Christmas without his annual gift from Hickory Farms.
Hickory Farms has a wide variety of specialty foods and holiday food gifts, and they’ve been around for over 60 years. If you’ve been in business that long, you have to know what you’re doing, and Hickory Farms certainly does. Their products exemplify freshness, quality, and value, and they’ve got options for anyone on any budget. A family favorite is the Signature Summer Sausage, which was rated the #1 Summer Sausage in America, winning the Masters of Taste Gold Medal for Superior Taste, in 2011. No wonder it always disappears so fast!
Hickory Farms gift basket

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The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
Best Buy is always one of my top shopping destinations during the holidays. It seems like everyone on my gift list wants something from Best Buy. From video games and consoles to wireless speakers and cameras, Best Buy has something for everyone. Not to mention, they have unbeatable prices and great service. That’s why this year, all the top gifts on my family’s wishlists are from Best Buy- and they should be on yours, too!
My son’s been begging for an Xbox One. What is an Xbox One, you ask, and why should I replace my Xbox 360?
Well, Xbox One was built by gamers, for gamers. It’s got games everyone wants: from exclusive titles like Halo to blockbusters like Call of Duty. It’s got sports franchises like Madden and FIFA, and even top family titles! But it doesn’t stop there. Xbox One lets you watch your latest TV shows and your favorite movies through the apps you know and love. Xbox One means media at your fingertips when you want it, how you want it.
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In my before children days I was one of those annoying people who had their Christmas presents purchased, wrapped and stored in a closet by the end of September. By the first of December my house was decorated, the cards were sent and I could plan parties for thirty to fifty without blinking an eye.  After kids I noticed our gift list had expanded.  We needed gifts for coworkers, teachers, the kids’ friends, gift swaps at school, church, etc.  I began making gift baskets of candy, and as more and more people requested this for their gift, I realized how much a homemade gift was appreciated. “Cause it’s made with love,” someone told me once.
Snowman Cocoa Gift Mugs

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It’s a “Purrfect” Christmas with #FelineSilverline & Giveaway

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If there is one thing you have probably picked up from reading my blog, it is how much we love our pets. They are spoiled beyond belief slightly pampered.  Because they bring us so much joy, each Christmas the cats have their own stocking and receive new cat toys.  Usually we purchased toys with catnip, but this [...]

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Gluten Free White Chocolate Toffee Cake recipe

December 15, 2014

This post is part of the SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS™ Blogger Program by McNeil Nutritionals, LLC and The Motherhood, who sent me products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them. The Christmas season is difficult for my daughter. Since she was [...]

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